University of Southern California
Dornsife College

Foreign Language Placement Exams

The foreign language requirement applies to all students earning degrees granted by, or under the jurisdiction of, the Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. Placement in elementary and intermediate foreign language courses is made by the appropriate placement examination.  Students who studied a foreign language in high school, or elsewhere, prior to enrolling at USC must take the placement examination in that language.

Note:

+ THERE IS NO REGISTRATION FOR PLACEMENT EXAMS, unless indicated.
+ As exam dates are confirmed, they will be added to the schedule. No advanced notifcations of changes or additions will be given.
+ There are no fees for the placement tests.
+ Results from the placement tests will be uploaded to your student record.
+ Placement results are valid for one calendar year.
+ You must wait 6 months before retaking an exam.
+ USC ID is required.
+ Please arrive 10 minutes before the start of the test.
+ The exam can take up to 2 hours, so plan accordingly.
+ If you need testing accommodations, please contact the USC Office of Disability Services and Programs at least two weeks before the test date.

Results:

+ Results for morning placement exams will be available by 3 PM the same day by calling, emailing from your USC email, or in person.
+ Results for afternoon placement exams will be available by 11 AM the next business day by calling, emailing from your USC email, or in person.


Students with Disabilities:
Students with documented learning disabilities or physical impairments requiring accommodation must contact the USC Office of Disability Services and Programs at least two (2) weeks prior to the testing date.

Fall 2014 Placement Exam Schedule:

MORNING
AFTERNOON
Friday 9/26/2014 8:00 AM - 9:50 AM  
THH 301: Spanish  
MHP 106: French  
THH B4: All others  
   
 
Wednesday 10/15/2014   12:00 PM - 1:50 PM
  WPH B27: Spanish
  WPH 102: French
  THH B4: All others
 
Wednesday 10/29/2014 8:00 AM - 9:50 AM  
THH 301: Spanish  
MHP 106: French  
THH B4: All others  
 
Thursday 11/06/2014   3:30 PM - 5:20 PM
  THH 101: Spanish
  VKC 100: French
  THH B4: All others
 
Friday 11/14/2014   1:00 PM - 2:50 PM
  THH 301: Spanish
  THH 208: French
  THH B4: All others
 
Monday 12/8/2014 10:00 AM - 11:50 AM  
  THH 202: Spanish  
  THH 208: French  
  THH B4: All others  
     
Tuesday 12/9/2014 10:00 AM - 11:50 AM  
  THH 102: Spanish  
  THH 114: French  
  THH B4: All others  
 

N.B. The USC Language Center does not administer placement exams in Hebrew or Portuguese, nor in languages not taught at USC.

Results:

+ Results for morning placement exams normally will be available by 3 PM the same day by calling, emailing from your USC email, or in person.
+ Results for afternoon placement exams normally will be available by 11 AM the next business day by calling, emailing from your USC email account, or in person.


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